Rye Town Sustainability

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

The Mission of the Rye Town Sustainability Committee is to advocate for a more sustainable future through public participation and inter-municipal collaboration. The committee will educate Rye Town residents and develop policies that will assist community members to adopt more sustainable practices. This will reduce the Town of Rye's carbon foot print and protect its natural beauty. Like us on Facebook!

Our Members:  

Anthony Baxter, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee
Ashley Welde
Cathy Rosenfeld
Bob Johnson
Katherine Husseini
Katheryn Ritchie
Debbie Reisner

Commitments

The Town will follow through with the Mission through the following Commitments:

  • Implementing energy efficiency initiatives
  • Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promoting waste reduction and recycling
  • Promoting green infrastructure, including electric charging stations
  • Educating the public and raising awareness
  • Exploring best practices and lessons learned from other municipalities and sustainability efforts
  • Collaborating with members of the public and private sector to achieve this vision
Resources

Governor Cuomo's Reforming NYS's Energy Vision

City of Rye's Sustainability Plan

The Town of Rye is a Climate Smart Community!

The Sustainability Committee has undertaken a number of commitments to make our community more green and healthy for residents:

•CSC: Pledged to become a certified Climate Smart Community

•CCS: Developing a Community Climate Action plan

•Energy audits: Conducted energy audits of local government buildings

•LED Lights: Upgrading street lamps on Town properties to LED lighting

•Reusable bottle-filling fountains: To be installed at Crawford Park in the Spring of 2018

•Recycling Bins: Placed recycling and trash bins at Rye Town park and Crawford Park in pairs to encourage proper recycling practices.

 •Purchasing Policy: Revising purchasing policies to integrate a variety of social good initiatives: green purchasing; “piggybacking” to limit expensive procurement practices; MWBE utilization; Section 3 (which promotes the use of disadvantaged residents in projects funded by Community Development Block Grant monies; and local purchasing.

 •Education: Providing resources to residents via the Town of Rye website and social media to encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors. Please visit our Facebook Page

Curbside Recycling Rules

Villages in the Town of Rye have “dual-stream recycling.” This means paper waste (paper, magazines, newspapers, boxes, etc.) must be placed separate from commingled waste (hard plastic containers, metal cans and foil, glass, and cartons). 

Click here to view and download recycling guides in English and Spanish:

Guide to Curbside Recycling 

Guia al Reciclaje al Borde de la Calle – Espanol

Plastic dos and don’ts -- > Westchester County

How Do I Recycle?

Disposing of some items is tricky. Batteries, printer cartridges, plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, etc., can all be recycled or disposed of safely when you know ho! 

Refer to these resources for answers to all your recycling questions:

1) The Westchester County 

3) The Rye Sustainability Committee 

4) Bedford 2020 - “Recyclopedia”

What about Ewaste and other Hazardous Waste?

Many types of waste cannot be recycled curbside, and it is also illegal to put them in the trash.  These hazardous wastes include electronics (TVs, computers, personal electronic devices), automotive fluids, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, tires, etc. Read the full list here:

Hazardous Waste Recycling Guide 

Ewaste can be dropped off at the Department of Public Works in Port Chester at:

82 Fox Island Road, Port Chester

M-F 7:30-11:30am and 12:30-3pm

Sat 7:30-11:30am (April 1 – Dec 1)

Ewaste and other Hazardous materials can also be dropped off by appointment at the County recycling facility in Vallhalla, which also accepts expired or unused medications:

Grasslands Campus

15 Woods Road, Vallahalla

Schedule an appointment at www.westchestergov.com/hmrf or call (914) 813-5425

Past Events

Monday, May 21st - "What's Really On Your Lawn?"

Inaugural  Event!

You do everything you can to keep your family and pets healthy, but what about your lawn? Could fertilizers and pesticides be harmful to you, your children and your pets? Come and learn about alternatives to traditional toxic lawn chemicals to make your lawn healthy and beautiful!

If you missed this event - please click here! This will redirect you to our Youtube Channel where you can view the whole meeting! We hope to see you at our next event!
Where:   Port Chester Senior Center, 222 Grace Church Street At 7:00pm
Intoduction by Committee President
Supervisor Gary Zuckerman &
Committee President Tony Baxter
Edwina Von Gal doing her Introduction

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WIGGLE WORM GARDENING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 

Co-Sponsored by the Rye City Sustainability Committee and Rye Town Sustainability Committee

Hands-on gardening and composting workshop during which you’ll:

• Learn ways to grow nutritious food at home with the focus on 'healthy soil'.

• Explore composting methods that turn your food waste into 'black gold' for your plants.

• Lessons include worm composting, seed starting and gardening without chemical inputs.

• Suitable for all ages (there will be worms ;-)).

Date: Saturday, June 16th 
Location: Under the Rye Town Park pavilion
Digging for worms
Monique giving her presentation!

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES : THE FUTURE IS HERE!

Have you considered buying a hybrid or electric car but want to know  more before taking the plunge?

Guest Speaker:   Ron Kamen

Ron is the Co-founder of EarthKind, Ron’s passion is clean energy. He brings decades of expertise to developing partnerships between governments, non-profits, businesses, and communities, catalyzing clean energy programs and projects to create a better, more sustainable world.

Event Info:

Thursday, October 11th @ 7pm
Carver Center,  400 Westchester Ave, Port Chester

THE FUTURE IS HERE!

Some Benefits of choosing electric vehicles:

* Greater efficiency and performance

* Easy maintenance – no oil changes ever

* Reduced cost: state and local tax credits/rebates available

* Better for our air and the environment!

If you missed it, you can view the video by clicking here.

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